School is just around the corner! Where has the summer gone? I feel like it just arrived here in Upstate New York so I’m not quite ready for fall to return.
Many of us homeschooling moms are organizing our curriculum and starting our lesson plans for the year.
We chose My Father’s World for our curriculum. We enjoyed it so much last year for preschool that I can not wait to jump in for Kindergarten!
Since this isn’t a workbook style curriculum, many moms need to figure out an easy and manageable way to organize everything.
Items in MFW Kindergarten package that need to be organized:
- Student sheets
- Bingo game pieces
- Alphabet Game pieces
- Short Vowel song cards
- Character lesson cards
- Student badges
- Cuisenaire Alphabet Workbook
MFW has 27 units for the school year. Each unit is then broken up into 6 days. The student sheets are all loose leaf 8×11 sheets of paper that need a home for the school year. I didn’t want to test fate and have all of these sheets crash to the floor after I rushed to grab a sheet!
I decided on storing each unit in its own file folder. I also laminated and cut out all of the character lesson cards and each units badge craft template. So now all of the items that I need for each unit are all together in one folder and won’t require much prep work during the year. Planning and organizing are the keys for a well-run school year!
My next challenge was finding the perfect sized solution for storing the file folders. I didn’t want something too large and clunky because it was only 27 folders and I didn’t want something hideous either. I love to decorate my home wherever I can! I ended up seeing the 31 Gifts Fold N’ File online and knew that that was the perfect solution! The size is just right for the folders and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Plus, they come in fun fabric choices! Score! I’m so thankful for my mother in law for purchasing those for our school room!
You can see how everything fits just right. I love that it has the pockets on the front. They’re the perfect size for the short vowel song cards, ABC, and Bingo game pieces. All of which I laminated to make more durable so they last throughout the school year! I would highly recommend a laminator for every homeschooling family! I’ve used it over and over again to make things last longer, most of my preschool stuff was laminated and I can reuse it again this year for our next little guy in preschool.
Next up, I knew in order to be on top of being prepared for each day’s lesson that I needed the sheets to be even more accessible each day. With 3 little ones, I want to have things running smoothly as much as possible because I’m sure the littles will cause enough hiccups during our day! So I opted to get this desk filing sorter that I can sort each unit’s daily sheets on. This way, every day when it’s time for him to do his worksheet, I can just grab it quickly.
At the start of each unit, I simply grab the file folder for the week from the Fold N’ File and separate each day’s sheets in the corresponding shelf. Then I add any books or supplementary activities that go along with each day. Such as the badges that he will make for each unit and the character lesson cards that will be taught and then displayed on a bulletin board.
It is important to remember that each unit is 6 days when purchasing a file system. Most work and school weeks are only 5 days long, so the standard is 5 shelves. But you can find 6-day ones. This one is perfect and easy to set up!
Finally, we have the Cuisenaire Alphabet workbook. This is an item that will get a lot of wear and tear during the school year. Unfortunately, it does not come with your next student sheets that you purchase for your other children when they’re in kindergarten. So making it last was a big deal for this frugal mama. It’ll save you money in the long run!
I decided on tearing out all of the pages and putting them into plastic sheet protectors and then placing them in a 3-ring binder. I actually think it’ll make the activities easier to complete because the pages will open up more without the book binding getting in the way. Now all three of my children can get used out of this workbook!
There ya have it! How I organized our My Father’s World Kindergarten curriculum! I’m hoping all the effort up front will make a smooth school year! Now, I can focus my attention on all the fun activities we are going to do and share with you!
Your turn! What organization tips do you have for a smooth running school year? I’d love to hear as we are just starting out or journey!
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